As part of The Big Mummy Blog Share this week I am featuring a fellow mummy blogger!
Meet Anna Parker from Travel with Penelope and Parker. She is a mummy blogger from Winchester.
When did you start your blog?
About 5 or 6 years ago, I started and established it as a travel blog.
Why did you decide to start blogging?
We travelled a lot and people kept asking me for recommendations and such like, so I started a travel blog to share my experience, and also to capture the memories. I found that if I just put the photos on Facebook I’d get comments about always being on holiday, so the blog was a rewarding space to share them instead.
What has been your favourite blog to write?
I absolutely loved writing my birth and pregnancy story. Because I was so anxious about whether the pregnancy would be a success or not I didn’t share a thing with anyone apart from close friends and colleagues until Baby P was born. But I did write notes through my pregnancy and in the days after giving birth. Looking back at them when Baby P was about 9 months old was just a dream, anecdotes I had forgotten and worries that I could put behind me.
What has been your most successful blog?
I wrote about the very long and emotional journey we had to becoming parents – 1,481 days from miscarriage to motherhood. I wanted to share it to help others, but writing it also really helped me to understand my own feelings and will at some point be something Baby P can read to understand just what he means to us.
What is your favourite thing about being a mum blogger?
The community, I’ve met some lovely ladies and learnt such great tips from other mothers that are at the same stage of parenting as me. It’s invaluable.
What is your least favourite thing about being a mum blogger?
There does sadly seem to be a mad dash to get free stuff rather than to just enjoy what you have.
When do you get most of your blogging done?
When Baby P is napping and I don’t fancy a nap myself or doing some household chores. I used to do it when I was nursing, but since I stopped that there’s been less time. I try not to use my phone when he’s awake apart from to take photos of him.
What is your favourite mummy blog to read?
Any tips for anyone thinking about starting a blog
Just go for it, someone will want to read it even if it is just your parents to start with. Pick a niche that is something you enjoy and don’t try and be something you aren’t. Do it because you enjoy it and to collect your own memories and live a lifestyle that suits you rather than to impress anyone or live something that doesn’t.
If you would like to read more about Anna and her family then you can read her blog at: travelwithpenelopeandparker